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Elderflower Cordial Wand Biscuits Recipe

This Sophie Conran’s elderflower cordial  wand biscuits recipe is perfect for baking with the kids and the lucky winner  of my blog giveaway can try it out. If you haven’t entered my competition to win a baking set and 6 bottles of elderflower cordials you have three days left.

This makes roughly 40 biscuits, depending on the size. We only used half of the mixture and froze the other half to use on another occasion.

Elderflower Wand Biscuits Recipe

400g Plain Flour

150g Caster Sugar

150g Butter (Cubed)

2 tbsp Golden Syrup

100ml Elderflower cordial

  1. Pre heat the oven to 220°C.
  2. Sift the flour into a bowl and add the cubed butter. Use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour until it looks like breadcrumbs. 
  3. Heat the elderflower cordial and golden syrup in a small pan. Pour into the flour and butter mixture and add the sugar.
  4. Continue to mix all the ingredients together with your hands until it comes together in a ball.
  5. Remove and divide into two balls and place on a floured surface.
  6. Butter a large baking tray.
  7. Roll out the first ball of cookie dough and using a cookie cutter of your choice cut into shapes.
  8. Wrap the second ball in cling film and freeze.
  9. Place on the baking tray and cook for 8 minutes. Cool on a rack before decorating.

Elderflower icing

4 heaped tbsp icing sugar

2 tbsp elderflower cordial

Mix the ingredients together in a bowl. Feel free to add a little colouring, depending on how you plan to decorate your biscuits.

Sophie says: “Decorate your biscuits to your heart’s content! I like edible glitter, candied lemon, edible flowers and jelly tots. Cookies are great to decorate with children, just fill bowls with lots of different things to decorate with and have fun!”

For more information on Belvoir and the Elderflower Festival, visit www.belvoirfruitfarms.co.uk.

Ella’s Kitchen Weeny Weaning Restaurant

Ella's Kitchen

It is nice to know that there are brands out there who strive to make great products that we can all benefit from. Since having my second child, Ive become more aware about ingredients in products and that is how I discovered Ella’s Kitchen and their 100% organic meals for babies.

I was super excited to be invited down to the Ella’s Kitchen Weeny Weaning Restaurant yesterday. The Weeny Weaning Restaurant was launched following research that  showed that if little ones explore food using all of their senses, it helps familiarise them with new tastes and encourages them to try new foods, which in turn helps them grow up to be good little eaters.

Ella’s Kitchen founded by Paul Lindley and the concept of the Weeny Weaning Restaurant is amazing and a world first. Amelia is almost 6 months now and my focus is all on weaning so I was happy with the opportunity to visit the restaurant and also speak to the in house nutritionist about my weaning worries.

Ella Kitchen Sensory Area

Upon arrival we were greeted by the many friendly faces who were there to help. We were then directed to the play area where Amelia got to play with fruits and vegetable shape toys ( which she was fascinated by ). After this it was time to dine.

Ella's Kitchen

Let me just say this now, the dining area was my favourite because of the interactive table. Can you believe the babies order their own food! I know you are wondering how. It was simple. Using the digital menu with made with illustration of each food choice, the tablet monitors which illustration received the most ‘taps’ or ‘touches’ from the little hands and uses this to select the relevant menu option and places their order). Amelia ordered the Ella Kitchen Sweet Potato which is suitable from 4 months and for desert she picked the new berry yummy yoghurt greek style.

I was really happy to visit Ella Weeny Weaning Restaurant. It was a great way to kick off our weaning journey.

Ella’s Kitchen’s Weeny Weaning Restaurant at 68 Northcote Road, London, SW11 6QL.
( Nearest Station: Clapham Junction. ) For more information visit http://www.ellaskitchen.co.uk

 

Win a Baking Set with Belvoir Fruit Farms

Belvoir Fruit Farms are the original producers of elderflower cordial. To coincide with the annual elderflower harvest  and also in celebration of Belvoir’s 30thanniversary of producing what has become such a quintessential British drink I am giving away a children’s baking-set, along with a case of six delicious elderflower cordials, in total worth £45.

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To enter is simple just just use the raffle coper widget below.

 

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Food | Homemade Burgers

HELP! Iv become a foodie. Well I was always one but my new addiction is actually cooking. I am obsessed with trying out new recipes. As CeCe is on half term, I thought I’d make one of her favourite meals. Burger and Chips.  Its cheaper, tastier and I’d definitely say healthier than a trip to McDonalds and is suitable for the family. Making burger at home give you the chance to make your own recipe. You can add what ever you like to suit your taste. I use a method I found on BBC Food but tweaked the ingredients to my taste.

Homemade Burgers

Ingredients

For the burger
  • Minced  Beef
  • Chopped Garlic
  • Chopped Onions
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper.
To Serve:
  • Bag of Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Mayonnaise or Ketchup
  • Shredded Iceberg Letttue
  • Burger Buns ( or how I like it with Bloomer Bread )
  • Mixed Salad
  • Avocado

Preparation method

  1. Place all the burger ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir to combine. Using your hands, shape into equal-sized patties.
  2. Preheat the grill to hot. Cook the burgers under the grill for 15 minutes, or until cooked through, turning once.
  3. Top each burger with a some cheese towards the end of the cooking time.
  4. Before serving, mix together the mayonnaise and lettuce.
  5. Prepare the Burger bun ( or chosen bread) by slice the  two halts and top them up with lettuce and mayonnaise and other fillers of your choice.
  6. Arrange the burger and cheese on top of the bun and place the other half.
  7. I have chosen to serve with chips and salad

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homemade burger 2

 

 

Review | Kellogg’s Special K Granola

Three months postpartum and all I have on my mind is how do I get in shape ( notice I didn’t say get back in to shape ). Like many, I am not a huge fan of exercising even though it is the most effective way to lose weight. Furhermore, because I am breastfeeding, going on a ‘diet’ is not really an option. So, my only option is to watch what I eat, portion control and ensuring I get the right nutrients.special k 4

I am a granola bar lover  so I was excited to try out the new Special K Granola. In fact if you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen this picture of the Special K Granola with Dried Apple and Raisins I had with banana for breakfast.

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The Granola contains  five different grains Oats, Barley, Wheat, Spelt, and Rye and comes in two varieties. Red Apple & raisins and cranberries, pumpkin seeds & almonds. Whats great about this Granola pack is that is is 30% less fat than most granolas.  Each 370g bag contains 8x 45g servings which contain around 175 calories each.

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I quite enjoy both bags which have now finished and will definite be getting some more. They are currently sold at all major supermarkets with a RRP of £2.99 for a 370g bag.

 

 

 

Birds Eye MASHTAGS

As a social media addict I find the new Birdeye Mashtags very COOL. The social media inspired potato shapes are made from quality British potatoes and feature shapes including the iconic hashtag, @ symbols, stars and emoticons of smiley faces and hearts.

Although the little ones may not understand the mashatags, I think its still  a great way to keep them entertain and get them eating.

Birds Eye MASHTAGS is now available for  £1.75 RRSP from Sainsbury’s, ASDA and Tesco.Birds Eye MASHTAGS

Food | Eat your heart out, it’s Christmas

Food for Christmas, Food Gifts

I don’t now about you but one of the things I look forward to during the festive season is the food. Its like an all you can eat buffet that lasts for days if not weeks. I love grabbing a box of chocolate and sitting by the TV with the family.

Food for Christmas, Food Gifts

1. Carluccio’s Christmas Festive Hamper ( £65.00 ) is jam packed with classic Italian foods like ragu, wheat pasta and even a bottle of prosecco.

2. Green and Black Connoisseur Collection has such a wide range to chose from and even comes with a tasting wheel which tells you which chocolate is great paired with something else.

3.Cadbury Roses ( £9.19 ) is one of the many chocolates I enjoy during the festive period. I personally like going through the tin and eating my favourites till what’s left is the flavour no one wants.

4. Black Vanilla have brought out 6 very festive flavour this season. They are Mince pie gelato, Turkey and cranberry gelato, Mulled wine sorbetto, Brandy Butter Gelato, Panettone Gelato and a Christmas Pudding flavour. The Mulled wine flavour does sound very tempting.

5. Fabulously Fox’s assorted biscuit tin and a cup of tea = perfection. My favourite is the Chunkie Cookie, then the Viennesse, then the… Ok ill stop.

6. We all know about Moonpig.com. But did you know they do even more cool stuff like this Personalised Beer selection with Tankard ( £20.00 )

7.Another great gift from Moonpig.com, a personalised Christmas hamper with a bottle of wine, cheddar cheese, fruit cake and more.

8. Some mouth watering  Chutneys from English Provender.

9. Shared these Thornton Christmas model ( £10.00 ) chocolate with my daughter last year and she loved them. Can’t wait to have them again this year.

10. Butler’s Christmas Chocolate collection is comes with a selection of 12 alcohol free chocolate truffles, pralines and many other flavours.

Food | Bird’s Eye Petit Pois Traceability Facebook App

Ever wanted to track your peas from the farm to your freezer? Well, now you can thanks to Birds Eye’s new Facebook App. The new traceable packaging is being introduced to all the brand’s Petit Pois range allowing consumers to track the origin of their peas using unique code that should be inputted in the app.

Bird Eye, Peas,

The app was launched to  celebrate Birds Eye’s heritage of over 65 years of growing peas. As well as tracing the origin of your peas, the app showcases a video of the process used in growing peas.


For more information or to try out the app, visit Birds Eye Facebook.

Mummy Stuff | Birds Eye Chicken Space Shapes and BBQ Chicken Bites

Since my little girl started school, one of the most difficult tasks I have faced is coming up with meal ideas for her to eat after school. Before she leaves for school she has breakfast at 8am, then school dinners at roughly 12pm. By the time she returns home from school by 4pm she is hungry again. Question is, what do I give her as meal at that time? knowing she is off to bed by 8pm?
 For the past few weeks I have been giving her two meals between that time. One upon her return at 4pm and another at 7:30. This seems to be working out well. ( On days she doesn’t sleep off before I even get to make anything.
I have also found myself relying on frozen foods a lot because, well its a quick and easy option and she seems to enjoy it.
Birds Eye is one of my go to brands for frozen food and I cant wait to try their new Chicken Space Shapes and BBQ Chicken Bites. Made from 100 per cent chicken breast and free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives and costs just £2.69 per pack.

GIVEAWAY | Win a Jaffa Fruit Cycling Kit

Over the summer, Jaffa Fruit  were busy touring the UK as an official sponsor of the Sky Rides city cycling event. The event saw the team welcome families and Sky Rides fans to fun packed days where they handed out clementines, Tesco money off vouchers and Jaffa Fruit branded reflectors
Along with a few other bloggers, I have been asked to host a competition to celebrate the success of the event.

The prize is  a Jaffa Fruit cycling kit worth £50 including a Halfords bike pump, water bottle, bike lights, as well as Jaffa Fruit orange shaped bike reflectors, t-shirts and Tesco money-off vouchers.
For a chance to win, simply use the Rafflecopter below.

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Parenting | Birds Eye Story on a Plate

“Eat your food…” ( 5 minutes later ) “Can you eat your food please” ( 15 mintutes later ) “EAT YOUR FOOD!” ( 30 minutes later ) “If you eat your food you can have A, B or C”. If I had a pound for each time I have repeated those sentences. I’d be rich.


Best-selling Author/ Poet Roger McGough has team up with Birds Eye to make tea time a little bit more fun for kids whilst getting them to eat their meals. McGough has written seven stories ( One for each day of the week ) about the adventures and culinary discoveries of Birds Eye Mascot Clarence The Polar bear as he embarks on a journey from the Arctic to the UK. 

The story has also been made in a cartoon which you can watch below.


There are up to 250,000 plates are being given given away free through Morrison ‘s and Sainsbury’s  nationwide.

Food | Win! Tickets to BBC Good Food Show Birmingham, Courtesy of Magimix

To Celebrate 40 years of the iconic food processor, Magimix are giving away tickets to BBC’s Good Food show.

I have 8 pairs of tickets for the show in Birmingham which takes place on 28th November till 2nd December at the National Exhibition Centre.
To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets for Wednesday 28, Thursday 29th, Friday 30th or Sunday 2nd December… simply comment on this post stating the best meal you can cook or your favourite restaurant. For extra entries, like my Facebook page or Follow my blog.

Also, don’t forget to leave your email address because that is how I can get in touch with you.

Terms and Conditions | The commpetition closes on Sunday November 25 at Midnight. You are responsible for getting yourself to the event.


For more information about the event visit http://www.bbcgoodfoodshow.com/home

THE COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ENTERED. THE SELECTED WINNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED VIA EMAIL.